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A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the '68 Paris student riots.

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Jean-Pierre Kalfon ...
Himself
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Himself (as Jean-Paul Leaud)
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Theo's Girlfriend
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Paris, spring 1968. While most students take the lead in the May 'revolution', a French poet's twin son Theo and daughter Isabelle enjoy the good life in his grand Paris home. As film buffs they meet and 'adopt' modest, conservatively educated Californian student Matthew. With their parents away for a month, they drag him into an orgy of indulgence of all senses, losing all of his and the last of their innocence. A sexual threesome shakes their rapport, yet only the outside reality will break it up. Written by KGF Vissers

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french | may 1968 | twin | love | riot | See more »

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Rated NC-17 for explicit sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 October 2003 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Innocents  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$83,175 (Brazil) (10 December 2004)

Gross:

$83,175 (Brazil) (10 December 2004)
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Leonardo DiCaprio was offered the role of Matthew, but turned it down because he was in pre-production with The Aviator (2004). See more »

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Matthew and Isabelle swap places as the trio walk along the canal, after the riot. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Matthew: The first time I saw a movie at the cinématèque française I thought, "Only the French... only the French would house a cinema inside a palace."
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The end credits scroll down the screen (top-to-bottom), and multi-line entries are written to be read bottom-to-top. See more »

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Ball and Chain
(1967)
Written by Willie Mae Thornton
Published by Bro 'N Sis Music, Inc.
(All Rights in the United States controlled by Bro 'N Sis Music, Inc. c/o Carlin America,
Inc.) & Cristeval Music (All Rights for the World, Exclusive of the United States, Controlled by Bronx Flash Music,
, Inc.)
Performed by Big Brother and the Holding Company
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Only real film lovers will understand – and love – this work of art
5 August 2005 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

"The Dreamers" is one of Bernardo Bertolucci's most underrated films. A mesmerizing love declaration for The Cinema, this unforgettable film must be discovered.

In 1968, 19-year-old American Matthew (Michael Pitt), while settling in Paris for studying French, meets two equally young, beautiful and liberal film buffs: the twins Isabelle (Eva Green, another Bertolucci's luminous discovery, like he did with Liv Tyler in "Stealing Beauty") and Theo (Louis Garrel, son of French director Philippe Garrel and the best of the cast). The twins' parents travel, and Matthew is invited to join the attractive duo in their apartment. He accepts the invitation, of course, and the threesome starts a bizarre game of seduction with a charming leitmotiv: riddles about classic films. Who doesn't know the right answer, has to do what he/she is asked to. In the background, student riots in defense of Henri Langlois and his merit on the Cinémathèque Française are breaking out on the streets.

The film is superb, artistically and technically. Bertolucci is top-notch, the soundtrack is overwhelming (with songs by Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Édith Piaf, among others), and the cinematography (by Fabio Cianchetti) is one of the best, if not the best, I've seen recently. Gilbert Adair, we can't forget, did an excellent job adapting his novel, "The Holy Innocents", to the big screens. The sex/full frontal scenes and amorality can shock some people, this is definitely not a film for all tastes (as almost all masterpieces), but those who are open-minded and admire good cinema, will be entranced. The ending is one of the most surprising, original and brilliant I've ever seen, but, unfortunately, not everyone will get it. That's a crying shame, but original films tend to be misunderstood. "The Dreamers" is no exception.

A must-see to all film lovers. My vote is 10.


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